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To a local bookseller near you…<br />
JUNE 2011<br />
1875Chestatee River Diving Bell<br />
1875<br />May 29th.  The Dahlonega Mountain Signal  reports: “Messrs. Loud, Cook and Seiclen of New York were in our town ...
Philologus Hawkins (P.H.) Loud<br />
August – September 1875<br />P.H. Loud and his son Charles, begin leasing areas along the Chestatee River for a period of ...
September 7th, 1875<br />   The Gainesville Little Watchman newspaper reports in an article written by Matthew Stephenson:...
The diving bell arrives at the Gainesville railroad depot in late September. The machinery is transported by wagon to Lump...
1876<br />Incessant rain and flooding during the winter of 1875-76,  damages the boat and diving bell.<br />A workers lien...
Charles and Lynn Satterfield with the diving bell airlock protruding from the river. Circa 1960’s.<br />
1983<br />Local gold prospectors John Winegard and Henry Wilkerson Jr., recover the diving bell from the Chestatee River.<...
1983 - 2007<br />The diving bell remains a curiosity alongside the river and is allowed to rust and become pilfered of its...
 Anne Amerson by the diving bell 1991<br />
Pictures of the diving bell in the 1980’s or 1990’s.<br />
When the Birch River Golf Community purchased the property, the diving bell was moved, and restored in 2003, by local resi...
Achasta purchased the property from Birch River in 2007 and the diving bell was once more forgotten alongside the maintena...
2007Former military diver Walt Garlinghouse hears about the antique diving bell in Dahlonega.  After viewing the bell he i...
2007 - 2009<br />Research in the diving bell intensifies and a committee is formed to explore the possibility of restoring...
2010An Extraordinary Year<br />Accomplishments and Discoveries<br />January and May- Two of the five original portholes or...
2010 continued<br />October 26th- Richard Owens is selected to create the design for the diving bell pavilion in Hancock P...
P.H. Loud’s Mining Boat  The “Chestatee.”<br />
Site of the sunken boat “Chestatee”<br />
Restoration of the Diving BellJune - July 2010<br />
Restored Diving Bell<br />Dimensions: <br />Weight : Approximately 7.5 - 8 tons <br />Length 14 Ft.<br />Width: 6 Ft.<br /...
Foundry Marks and Their Significance<br />
POTTSTOWN IRON CO. POTTSTOWN, PA.CH NO.1  FLANGE<br />
Interior Ceiling Foundry Mark<br />
Messages from the Past<br />
Corrected view of writing<br />L6C<br />     Via C.C.D. Line<br />         Gainesville<br />Ga<br />Note: Letter “L” in<br...
Note: Letter “N” is painted under bolt<br />
S    C a r       ?  ?  ?  ?<br />
Excerpt From: <br />ABC Pathfinder<br />Railway Guide 1875<br />CCD Line<br />
Map of Piedmont Air Line Railway 1875<br />
Where did P.H. Loud get the ideato use a diving bell to mine for gold?<br />Possibilities:<br />Previous  attempts using d...
Page 141<br />
Maria Jacobsen’s Observations<br />
Comparison between Maillefert’s Diving Bell and Loud’s Floating Caisson<br />
Air Pipe with flexible hose still attached<br />
   Questions ?<br />
APPLAUSE !<br />
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Chestatee Diving Bell Presentation

  1. 1.
  2. 2. To a local bookseller near you…<br />
  3. 3.
  4. 4. JUNE 2011<br />
  5. 5.
  6. 6. 1875Chestatee River Diving Bell<br />
  7. 7. 1875<br />May 29th. The Dahlonega Mountain Signal reports: “Messrs. Loud, Cook and Seiclen of New York were in our town looking over the mining interests of our section. We haven’t learned yet as to the conclusion they have come to, but judge they will commence operations at an early day.” <br />
  8. 8. Philologus Hawkins (P.H.) Loud<br />
  9. 9. August – September 1875<br />P.H. Loud and his son Charles, begin leasing areas along the Chestatee River for a period of 10 years with the right to “inlet and outlet, ingress and egress,” from the riverbank to the center of the river for the purpose of mining the riverbed.<br />Mountain Signal reports that an entire new scheme for working the bed of the river is to be commenced near Nieslor’s Ford. Fifty Thousand dollars is to be spent on the machinery.<br />
  10. 10. September 7th, 1875<br /> The Gainesville Little Watchman newspaper reports in an article written by Matthew Stephenson:<br /> “We yesterday dined with Maj. Loud, at the falls of the Chestatee river near Dahlonega, where he is building a steam boat of 30 horse power to work the bed of the river, which is rich with gold, by a newly discovered process, and as I rode on the first steam craft ever built, I christened it “The Chestatee.” <br />
  11. 11. The diving bell arrives at the Gainesville railroad depot in late September. The machinery is transported by wagon to Lumpkin County and assembled at Neislor’s Ford on the Chestatee River. The machinery is tested for several weeks. After several delays the boat and diving bell are ready to begin working the riverbed in November.<br />
  12. 12. 1876<br />Incessant rain and flooding during the winter of 1875-76, damages the boat and diving bell.<br />A workers lien is taken out against the Loud Mining Company and the boat, diving bell and related equipment is sold at a sheriff’s sale on July 4th, 1876.<br />The boat with the diving bell attached, sinks under mysterious circumstances on October 22nd. <br />The submersible gold mining project is abandoned.<br />The diving bell is forgotten.<br />
  13. 13. Charles and Lynn Satterfield with the diving bell airlock protruding from the river. Circa 1960’s.<br />
  14. 14. 1983<br />Local gold prospectors John Winegard and Henry Wilkerson Jr., recover the diving bell from the Chestatee River.<br />
  15. 15. 1983 - 2007<br />The diving bell remains a curiosity alongside the river and is allowed to rust and become pilfered of its contents.<br />An attempt is made in the 1990’s by the Owens family to donate the bell to the City of Dahlonega. The Georgia DNR ultimately rejects the idea, and the bell remains along the riverbank forgotten.<br />
  16. 16. Anne Amerson by the diving bell 1991<br />
  17. 17. Pictures of the diving bell in the 1980’s or 1990’s.<br />
  18. 18. When the Birch River Golf Community purchased the property, the diving bell was moved, and restored in 2003, by local resident Larry Lingerfelt. Portions of the diving bell which had been damaged when it was pulled from the river were replaced.<br />
  19. 19. Achasta purchased the property from Birch River in 2007 and the diving bell was once more forgotten alongside the maintenance road with weeds growing around it.<br />
  20. 20. 2007Former military diver Walt Garlinghouse hears about the antique diving bell in Dahlonega. After viewing the bell he immediately recognizes its significance. Walt contacts Mark Ragan and Jim Delgado, who are experts in historical submersible technology. The Chestatee River diving bell bears a strong resemblence to Benjamin Maillefert’s 1858 diving bell design. <br />
  21. 21. 2007 - 2009<br />Research in the diving bell intensifies and a committee is formed to explore the possibility of restoring the diving bell and moving it to a new location so it can be placed on permanent display.<br />With no funding available for the project, prospects for any restoration seem remote at this time.<br />
  22. 22. 2010An Extraordinary Year<br />Accomplishments and Discoveries<br />January and May- Two of the five original portholes or windows are located and donated to the diving bell committee. <br />May 22nd- Chip Wright locates the site of the “Chestatee.”<br />Surveying of the shipwreck begins.<br />June 10th-Diving Bell is moved from Achasta to Cottrell Inc. for restoration.<br />July 23rd-The restored Diving bell is returned to Dahlonega.<br />July 31st- Over 500 people attend the fundraiser held at the Cottrell “Circle C” Ranch for a future diving bell pavilion. Over $40,000.00 is raised.<br />August 12th and 20th- Foundry marks and original writing is identified on the diving bell surface.<br />November 26th- Nautical Archaeologist Maria Jacobsen travels from Charleston to view the diving bell and provides new insights to its origin and design.<br />
  23. 23. 2010 continued<br />October 26th- Richard Owens is selected to create the design for the diving bell pavilion in Hancock Park.<br />December-ARC matching grant preliminary application is approved by Governor Purdue. Final application will go on to Washington in 2011. <br />December 14th- Owens presents his concept design to the CRDB committee which unanimously passes. <br />2011<br />January 3rd- Dahlonega City Council approves Richard Owens concept design for the Chestatee River Diving<br />Bell pavilion.<br />February-ARC matching grant final application for the diving bell pavilion is completed, and sent to Washington for approval.<br />
  24. 24.
  25. 25. P.H. Loud’s Mining Boat The “Chestatee.”<br />
  26. 26. Site of the sunken boat “Chestatee”<br />
  27. 27.
  28. 28. Restoration of the Diving BellJune - July 2010<br />
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  36. 36. Restored Diving Bell<br />Dimensions: <br />Weight : Approximately 7.5 - 8 tons <br />Length 14 Ft.<br />Width: 6 Ft.<br />Height: Overall 16 ft. Diving Bell 8 ft. Air Lock 8 Ft.<br />Front View<br />Rear View<br />Left Side (Port) View<br />
  37. 37. Foundry Marks and Their Significance<br />
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  40. 40. POTTSTOWN IRON CO. POTTSTOWN, PA.CH NO.1 FLANGE<br />
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  42. 42. Interior Ceiling Foundry Mark<br />
  43. 43. Messages from the Past<br />
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  45. 45. Corrected view of writing<br />L6C<br /> Via C.C.D. Line<br /> Gainesville<br />Ga<br />Note: Letter “L” in<br />The word “Line” is painted OVER the bolt<br />
  46. 46. Note: Letter “N” is painted under bolt<br />
  47. 47.
  48. 48. S C a r ? ? ? ?<br />
  49. 49.
  50. 50. Excerpt From: <br />ABC Pathfinder<br />Railway Guide 1875<br />CCD Line<br />
  51. 51. Map of Piedmont Air Line Railway 1875<br />
  52. 52. Where did P.H. Loud get the ideato use a diving bell to mine for gold?<br />Possibilities:<br />Previous attempts using diving bells for gold mining in California during 1852 and 1873.<br />The Loud Family had prior mining experience during the Georgia Gold Rush (Loud Mine.)<br />Influenced by Matthew Stephenson’s Book on the mineralogy of Georgia written in 1871.<br />
  53. 53. Page 141<br />
  54. 54. Maria Jacobsen’s Observations<br />
  55. 55. Comparison between Maillefert’s Diving Bell and Loud’s Floating Caisson<br />
  56. 56.
  57. 57. Air Pipe with flexible hose still attached<br />
  58. 58. Questions ?<br />
  59. 59. APPLAUSE !<br />

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